As you might expect, Danny Granger was not pleased when he learned he had been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers last week. The Indiana Pacers are the best team in the Eastern Conference, and the Sixers are destined for disappointment. So what can Granger do? Maybe he just won’t show up.
When the 76ers took the court to practice on Sunday, Granger was nowhere to be found. Head coach Brett Brown indicated that he will speak with Granger in the near future now that his physicals are out of the way.
“(Sixers GM Sam Hinkie) has met with him,” Brown told CSNPhilly.com’s Dei Lynam. “He has done his physical. He will come back and I will sit down with him for the first time now that the physicals have been had and talk with him.”
Notice how Brown stopped short of saying he expects Granger to be with the team shortly? As Lynam pointed out, there is a strong possibility that Granger is seeking a buyout and the Sixers could grant him his wish.
Granger is owed about $5 million of his $14 million salary for the 2013-2014 season. He will be a free agent when the season ends, at which point he will be a 31-year-old player with knee problems. Granger wants a chance to contend for a title now and it would seem that Philadelphia has little use for him. Would he even be giving a full effort if they kept him? Probably not.